Birmingham City will be desperate to end their six-game winless run when they welcome Huddersfield to St. Andrew’s tomorrow night.
After getting off to the perfect start under Karanka with a 1-0 over Brentford, Blues have gone on a miserable run since, picking up just four points since.
More worryingly, they have managed just three goals in the entire campaign, with one of those a penalty and two from corners. So, there’s no prizes for guessing where Karanka will want the team to improve on against the Terriers and he could be boosted by the return of a key man.
Here we provide you with the latest Blues injury news for the big game…
The centre-back joined on deadline day and whilst the boss had a positive update on the player, he will not be involved tomorrow.
Clarke-Salter arrived with a calf complaint and he is still nursing that but he appears to be making decent progress. There’s no set date on his return but it won’t be far away, which will give the team another option at the back.
The winger has scored two of Blues’ three goals this season, so it was a surprise to see him named on the bench against Norwich and he was an unused sub in the draw with QPR last time out.
However, Karanka has revealed that he has been managing the game time of the Angolan carefully after he was fatigued following an international break that saw him travel across the world.
The boss indicated he is now fully fit and it would be a huge shock if he didn’t feature tomorrow and a start seems likely.
Perhaps the biggest news from Karanka was that Toral may be back and that would signal a change in approach.
The former Hull man is regarded as the best number ten at the club and not having him in recent weeks forced the Spaniard to ditch his preferred 4-2-3-1 formation.
Toral is ‘hopeful’ of featuring tomorrow, meaning that formation could return and Birmingham will hope it leads to more goals.